S Korean students shave heads in Fukushima protest

21 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

S Korean students shave heads in Fukushima protest

More than 30 South Korean college students shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Tuesday to protest Japan’s decision to release water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, reports Reuters.

Police periodically dispersed crowds, who chanted and held placards, but did not stop the event from taking place, though there is an anti-pandemic ban on gatherings larger than 10 people. The protesters who were shaved were draped in protective sheets emblazoned with messages condemning the Japanese plan and calling for it to be ditched.    

One read: “The Japanese government should immediately cancel the plan to release the contaminated water.”

Japan’s government said last week it will release more than 1 million tonnes of treated water from the Fukushima site in stages starting in about two years.


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